12 Recommended Travel Tripods

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4. Manfrotto 190Go! Aluminum Tripod Kit with Ball Head

One look at the Manfrotto 190Go! Aluminum Tripod with MHXPRO-3W 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head and you can tell that the Manfrotto folks spend a good bit of time on design. The 190Go! tripod has been on the market for a while, but that does not keep Manfrotto from incorporating a modern look into its designs. The innovative design of the center column allows it to be rolled quickly to the 90-degree lateral shooting position—very rare for a travel tripod. The leg-angle locks are little pieces of sculpted art, and the twist locks have snazzy red top and bottom accents. This is a good-looking tripod with innovative design attributes.

Want a carbon fiber alternative? Check out the Manfrotto Element Carbon Fiber Small Traveler Tripod.

Manfrotto 190Go! Aluminum Tripod Kit with Ball Head
•Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
•Max. Height: 61.4″
•Min. Height: 2.75″
•Folded Length: 21.6″
•Leg Sections: 4
•Weight: 4.6 lb

5. Sirui T-025SK T-0S Carbon Fiber Tripod with B-00 Ball Head

One trip to the Sirui display in the B&H SuperStore and you will see that this is a company dedicated to designing and building travel tripods. The very lightweight (1.8 lb) and compact (12.2″) T-025SK T-0S Series Carbon Fiber Tripod and B-00 Ball Head is a fine tool for the traveling photographer with a small DSLR or mirrorless camera. Rare among travel tripods, this Sirui has a 2-section removable center column for low-angle shooting down to 3.1″. The twist-lock leg design is straightforward and the overall feel of the unit is that of quality. The cleanly designed head is Arca-type compatible and has a separate pan lock knob.

The aluminum alternate from Sirui is the T-005X and C-10S ball head.

Sirui T-025SK T-0S Carbon Fiber Tripod with B-00 Ball Head
•Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
•Max. Height: 42.5″
•Min. Height: 3.1″
•Folded Length: 12.2″
•Leg Sections: 5
•Weight: 1.8 lb

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